Meet the Board!
Anna is a Senior Associate at Brown Edwards & Company specializing in Not-for-Profit and Higher Education assurance and tax. She is a licensed CPA and earned her Bachelor's in Accounting from Emory & College and Master's of Accounting and Information Systems with a specialization in Data Analytics from Viriginia Tech. Anna lives in Salem with her husband and sweet dog, Cashew . In her free time, she enjoys all things outdoors, seeing live music, and unwinding with loved ones.
Ben is an In-Charge Associate at Brown Edwards & Company and a licensed CPA. He has earned both his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech in 2019 and 2020 respectively. At Brown Edwards, he has worked on a variety of clients in multiple industries, including higher education institutions, non-profit entities, and public entities. Ben lives in Roanoke and in his spare time enjoys watching Virginia Tech football (even though they have been disappointing lately), cooking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and very spoiled dog.
Matt is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia and an Audit Manager at KPMG LLP where he has audit experience in various industries that includes energy & chemical, retail & consumer products, and education in both the private and public sector. He earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS) from Virginia Tech in 2017 and serves as a champion in KPMG’s technology initiative. Matt lives in the Rocky Mount area with his wife and daughter. When Matt is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, house projects, and traveling.
Gabriel grew up in Bassett, Virginia, about 15 minutes from the Martinsville Speedway! He obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting at Radford University in only three years. For the past two years, he has worked for Foti, Flynn, Lowen, & Company as a Tax and Audit Accountant in Downtown Roanoke. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration through Averett University and expects to graduate in the Fall of 2023. After obtaining his MBA, he plans to sit for the CPA exam and become licensed in the state of Virginia. Gabriel is an active member in his church, First Roanoke, where he plays synthesizer and assists in other leadership roles to help create a lasting community. When he is not serving in his church, Gabriel referees Roanoke Valley high school and collegiate soccer, traveling across multiple states and refereeing all division levels.
Janelle is an aspiring CPA and recent graduate from Ferrum College located in Ferrum, VA, where she was nominated by her professors for the Hamblin Accounting award. She is currently pursuing her CPA license and looks forward to continuing her career and getting more involved in the local community. Janelle loves to travel and spend time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs!